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Dowling opening in Manhattan’s Financial District

Long Island Business News

By: Claude Solnik

newpresidentDowling College plans to open a location in Manhattan’s Financial District where it will offer an MBA including a wide range of internships and possibly add wide range of other options.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education approved the Oakdale-based college’s plan to create what’s known as an iMBA or internship-based MBA this fall or the following spring.

Dowling in September plans to open the location at 26 Broadway in the New York Film Academy building near Battery Park City. The school has the entire 12th floor of the New York Film Academy building, giving it 12 classrooms.

Dowling is partnering with Gateway, a Norwegian firm that has been sending students from Norway to New York City. The two had partnered for semester abroad programs.

“We partnered with them to do more than that,” Dowling College President Albert Inserra told LIBN. “Beginning in the fall, we’ll be opening our first degree program there.”

The 18-month, 36-credit iMBA in management and leadership will include multiple internships in and near Manhattan across a wide range of industries such as banking, information technology, healthcare and fashion.

The school currently offers MBAs with six credits of internships, but the iMBA will include a 9-credit internship. The degree could be completed in 18 months, but is more likely to take two years.

Inserra in a written statement said the program will help students “turn academic theory into practice, successfully develop their careers” and achieve their goals “within the canyons of the nation’s business capital.”

The school already has received 15 applications from students in India through another partnership that the school formed rleated to the new location.

“Initially, we thought the students would be international,” Inserra said. “We’ve been approached by SUNY Albany and SUNY Brockport about doing programs there.”

As it seeks to develop a Manhattan presence, Dowling as of this September also plans to offer a semester in New York City for undergraduates from across the world.

“The approval is to do any of our academic programs there,” Inserra said. “We’re reaching out to our faculty for proposals as to what they would like to do in Manhattan. The MBA was a nice way to begin, but I think we’ll be able to do a lot more. It’s a great opportunity for us.”

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